Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Characters Who Need Their Own Books

Hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers. Every Tuesday, participants compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

I am somewhat conflicted about today's topic. I titled my post "Top Ten Characters Who Need Their Own Books" for brevity, but I am hesitant to use the word "need." This post is not necessarily advocating for the creation of books about these characters—as much as I love them, I cannot see all of them making a substantial story. It is simply a list of supporting characters with backstories that I would love to see explored further. (Maybe some novellas are in order.)

1. Nicholas Benedict from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
I start my list with him because he does have his own book—and it is almost as lovely as the main series.

2. Ava from Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
This character is such an enigma for most of the story, and the peek at her backstory that readers do get is fascinating. I am so jealous of Emi for having the chance to get to know her better.

3. Jacob's grandfather from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I need to know more about this fascinating person's life.

4.  Kat's crew from Heist Society by Ally Carter
What if Kat got kidnapped and they had to steal her back?

5. Emma from Conversion by Katherine Howe
If you have read the end of this book, you likely agree with me.

Through dialogue and description, readers learn about this character's experiences that are even more horrifying than Rose's. But because I am so masochistic when it comes to books, I want to know more.

7. Kenji from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
His book could be a collection of gorgeously written jokes.

8. Stuart Harris from Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Told entirely in letters written by a girl named Zoe to a death row convict named Stuart Harris, Ketchup Clouds shows readers Zoe's voice but not Stuart's. She muses on his personality and backstory, creating a complex character that may or may not be anything like Stuart. I would love to meet him and find out how close Zoe's guesses were.

9. Liesel's parents from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Readers know why they left Liesel, but not the details of what happened after they disappeared. I want more historical details wrapped in beautiful writing.

10. Tiny from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
He is the perfect example of a fully fleshed-out supporting character. Despite this fact—no, because of this fact—I want to read about him more.

What supporting characters would you like to learn more about?


  1. I've also wondered about Jacob's grandfather. I don't think that I could bear him leaving though :( My TTT

  2. Um, can Ally Carter write your idea, please? Thanks!! I haven't read a lot of these yet, but want to. Oh, and Tiny, yes! Agreed!!

  3. I picked Kenji too. I absolutely loved this guy! Everyone should have a friend just like him.
    Monique @ Mo_Books

  4. Yes, I want a book for Rosa & Hans BUT ALSO MAX. AND RUDY. AND THE MAYOR'S WIFE. And basically EVERYONE in that book because it was just too AMAZING.

  5. I do want a book about Roza!!! Even though I just know it's going to be extremely saddening. And Liesel's parents, like her real parents? Because that would definitely be cool!

  6. I LOVE the Mysterious Benedict Society, but for some reason I haven't read the spin-off on Nicholas' story, but I'm definitely going to do that soon! :D And a book about Roza would definitely be extremely saddening, but I think it would be important and eye-opening all the same. And Kenji is definitely a must! ;) Thanks for sharing Emily, and fabulous post! <3

  7. I haven't read most of these, but I do agree about the Rose Under Fire one. I think a lot of those characters could use their own book!

  8. Bravo! Most of these characters are relatively unknown to me, but I have the inkling to read them now. (I especially like Conversion). :)

    thanks for sharing!

  9. I totally like these choices. They sound like great ideas for spinoff books. New follower via bloglovin.

    Grace @ Books of Love


Thank you so much for leaving a comment! I love to hear your thoughts, and I read every one. You just became one of my favorite people, so I will try to visit your blog in return.